Manchester United will continue to chase a top-four finish and a spot in the UEFA Champions League when they host dangerous side Southampton at dawn on Saturday, knowing a win will soon put the Red Devils in fourth place.
Southampton (10th, 28th) are on one of their best performances of the season in a 3-2 win over Tottenham on Wednesday and promise to pose a serious challenge to their hard-working press. . Young striker Armando Broja had one goal in that game and will go on to score four in his last nine.
Man United (Friday, 39 points) will have one more day of rest after being held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Tuesday. It is falling into ruin with the likes of West Ham (40 points), Arsenal (39 points) and Tottenham (36 points) in the chase for the final Champions League spot with 4th place overall.
Sporting News will follow the match live, providing scores, commentary and highlights updates as they unfold.
Manchester United vs. Southampton
MUN – Jadon Sancho (Rashford, Fernandes) – 22 minutes.
SOU – Che Adams (Elyounoussi) – 48 minutes.
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75th minute: SUB – Anthony Elanga replaces Scott McTominay. Man United will do that. The central midfield will now include Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Marcus Rashford is paired with Cristiano Ronaldo in the central striker position.
72nd minute: Another Man United goal was scratched for offside. The replays made it pretty clear that Ronaldo was offside on Jadon Sancho’s header.
71st minute .: SUB – Tino Livramento came on for Mohamed Elyounoussi, who played more central in the second half. Livramento will play back to the right while Walker-Peters moves to the right.
69th minute.: Southampton with two in a row looks dangerous. First, it was Stuart Armstrong, who fired high, and then Armando Broja, who couldn’t stop David De Gea.
61st minute: Man United responded. Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot shot back into goal, but Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster saved both.
57th minute.: Opportunity for United. A set piece was sent into the box, Harry Maguire hit the shot and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster hit the net.
54th minute.: Man United is currently being tested. De Gea had to push off an Armando Broja blast, which resulted in a corner from behind by Southampton. Man United survived unharmed.
48th minute: Come here! The target is Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi put Che Adams down to break the offside trap and he shot down goalkeeper David De Gea from the far right corner. The score is 1-1.
CHECK ADAMS! Classy at Old Trafford!
– NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 12, 2022
46th minute: The second half is underway. Southampton removed Jan Bednarek (thigh) at right-back and replaced him with Jack Stephens.
Half 1: Manchester United 1, Southampton 0
Half time: It has been a typical Manchester United performance so far with a positive start and first goal, but Southampton played strong as the first half progressed. The Red Devils clearly needed more goals to avoid drama in the second half. We will see if Man United has the strength to stay strong. In recent matches, Ralf Rangnick’s troops have not proved they respond well to adversities.
46th minute: Paul Pogba opened up to send the ball home thanks to a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ronaldo was clearly offside early in the game and the flag finally appeared. Target is not allowed.
41st minute: It’s all Southampton’s late. Minutes after Kyle Walker-Peters’ ball went past goal, Stuart Armstrong made a throw-in from inside the Manchester United box, but he failed to make good contact and United goalkeeper David De Gea was able to catch the ball. .
35th minute: Stuart Armstrong’s dangerous shot opened the scoring for Southampton. It came after a Saints move that involved team-mate and central midfielder Oriol Romeu, who is now pushing higher on the pitch rather than back between central defenders.
32nd minute: Yellow card for Scott McTominay after fouling Mohamed Elyounoussi, this player needs to be treated. Elyounoussi on the left looks the most dangerous of the Southampton players so far. Armando Broja and Che Adams are starving to some service.
28th minute .: Sancho and Rashford have now switched sides for Man United. It was Sancho’s second goal of the tournament after netting against Chelsea on November 28. When Southampton gave way, United – especially Sancho and Rashford – were always ready to start the break.
22nd minute: OBJECTIVE Man United. Another sensational Manchester United counterattack. Bruno Fernandes hung the ball beautifully down the right wing to launch Marcus Rashford, who continued to cross the penalty area and passed to Sancho in the far corner for an easy finish. There are more goals in this section.
16th minute: Yellow card to Marcus Rashford after a difficult challenge, missed by Romain Perraud. Both are fighting on the flanks (Rashford is right winger by far compared to Southampton left-back).
10th minute: After an opportunity for Southampton (Che Adams could not head close), Man United continued to counterattack but Jadon Sancho did not pass to Ronaldo and the Portuguese star did not appreciate it because the opportunity was wasted. An energetic start on both sides at Old Trafford.
7th minute.: Ronaldo’s chance! Sancho put him past and Ronaldo beat the keeper, but he played casually with his shot on goal and Southampton’s Romain Perraud and Mohammed Salisu cleared the ball off the touchline. Ronaldo’s goal drought continues.
First minute: We played at Old Trafford and it was a Southampton game.
6:44 am: Here’s the reason for Edinson Cavani’s absence while Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place in the starting XI:
Teams for this afternoon. Cavani is not participating because he has a ‘groin problem.’ pic.twitter.com/gMjZaje7Ri
– Charlotte Duncker (@CharDuncker) February 12, 2022
Manchester United squad vs. Southampton
Ralf Rangnick makes a change to the starting lineup against Burnley Cristiano Ronaldo start over Edinson Cavani (groin) in the middle forward. Fred unavailable after testing positive for COVID and Eric Bailly (ankle) and Nemanja Matic (shin) injured. Alex Telles still not ready to start after a showdown with COVID-19, but he is ready from the bench.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) – 23-Luke Shaw, 5-Harry Maguire (captain), 19-Raphael Varane, 20-Diogo Dalot – 39-Scott McTominay, 6-Paul Pogba – 25-Jadon Sancho, 18- Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford – 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United substitute (9): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 2-Victor Lindelof, 27-Alex Telles, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 4-Phil Jones, 14-Jesse Lingard, 46-Hannibal Mejbri, 8-Juan Mata, 36-Anthony Elanga
No corrections to the starting line-up were needed for Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who brought in the starting XI that helped them to a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Tino Livramento is on the bench after a recent knee problem. The right-back has not played in the last 6 matches.
Southampton starting line-up (4-4-2, left to right): 44-Fraser Forster (GK) – 15-Romain Perraud, 22-Mohammed Salisu, 35-Jan Bednarek, 2-Kyle Walker-Peters – 24-Mohamed Elyounoussi, 6-Oriol Romeu, 8-James Ward-Prowse (captain) , 17-Stuart Armstrong – 10-Che Adams, 18-Armando Broja
Southampton reserve team (9): 13-Willy Caballero (GK), 21-Tino Livramento, 43-Yan Valery, 5-Jack Stephens, 19-Moussa Djenepo, 20-Will Smallbone, 27-Ibrahima Diallo, 7-Shane Long, 9-Adam Armstrong
How to watch Manchester United vs. Southampton
- Day: Saturday, February 12
- Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
- US & Canadian TV Channels: Not available
- US Streaming: Peacock
- Canada Stream: DAZN
Saturday morning’s match is only available on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, in the United States.
The Premier League in Canada is available exclusively directly and on demand via DAZN.
Odds Manchester United vs. Southampton
Odds provided by DraftKings
- Cash flow: Man United -180 / Draw + 330 / Southampton +500
- Spread: Man United -0.5 (-175) / Southampton +0.5 (+155)
- Total goals is O/U 2.5: Over -180/Under +145
- Both teams scored: Yes -160/No +125